JAMMU, Mar 5: “With deadly pandemic named ‘covid-19’ staring the nation in the face and claiming several lives globally at an alarming speed, the J&K Health Deptt seems to be in deep slumber showing utter disregard for meeting the challenges posed by the galloping killer virus”, said Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and former Minister.
He was referring to disappearance two suspected corona virus affected cases who fled from GMC Hospital Jammu after their samples were sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune for examination.
Despite tall announcements of the govt for medical tests of all passengers from affected countries and their quarantining and isolation till they were declared safe, the authorities of GMC had allowed the suspects to move out thereby threatening the very safety and security of general masses in Jammu and its vicinity, regretted Singh.
It was criminal on the part of the authorities concerned to enlarge the suspects inspite of their travel history from Iran and Saudi Arabia thereby posing threats of possible outbreak of the deadly disease in the region, said Singh.
Calling for stringent measures to stop the spread of the deadly corona virus in J&K, Singh called for mass awareness campaigns at District, Tehsil and Block levels in view of repatriation of several professionals and workers from different affected countries to various states of India including J&K.
He said that health officials needed to be educated across the UT so as to sanitize the general public in their respective areas about the causes, symptoms and preventive measures for containing the disease.
“People needed to be educated to follow healthy and hygienic lifestyle. They should be further asked to inform the district administration if anyone in their locality or in their close contact had a travel history of abroad in the recent past so that remedial measures could be taken”, observed Singh.
Harsh further hailed the directives of High Court over the issue of ‘covid-19’ to the UT administration in view of gravity and sensitivity of the issue. He said that insensitivity of the Health Deptt had prompted the High Court to intervene and to direct the govt to aware the masses about the manner of spread of the covid-19 infection, preventive measures and steps to be taken if an individual was infected with information to the court with regard to steps taken in terms of containment plan.
Accusing the Health Deptt of failure in initiating preventive measures for outbreak of the pandemic, Mr. Singh said that till date it had merely been asking the people not to panic without doing anything substantial and allowing even the suspects to flee the hospital and get mixed with the masses. He said not only the suspects but those with whom they had contacts also needed to be quarantined. Any lapse in this regard could prove catastrophic, cautioned Singh.